The SkyPath walking and cycling route over Auckland Harbour Bridge has passed the final legal hurdle preventing its construction and has been given the go-ahead in the Environment Court on November 2.
Environment Court resource consent was granted by principal Judge Newhook after the Court overruled the only opposition appeal from the Northcote Point Heritage Preservation Society.
The resident’s group objected to SkyPath’s original Auckland Council resource consent, granted in July 2015, on the grounds that its patronage numbers and opening hours were unreasonable for the Northcote Point suburban streets where it would exit.
The much-anticipated project will give cyclists and walkers the ability to cross from the CBD to the North Shore, and will cost $2 one way with a Hop card and $4 one-way or $6 return with credit card, phone or cash.
SkyPath Trust project director Bevan Woodward said that there were now no further legal barriers to stop SkyPath being built that he was aware of, and that after 12 years of hard work, he is delighted by the outcome.
All things running smoothly, the SkyPath Trust said they would be looking to begin construction in mid-2017, with completion due 10 months later.